Referencing Software

The software and tools on this page help with creating or managing references.

OWLL Referencing gives extensive help with other aspects of referencing.
Academic Q+A is a Stream forum that answers questions on writing and studying skills, including referencing.

Tip Remember:

  • The style specified in your course material takes priority.
  • Use OWLL or a style manual for guidance on standard styles.
  • Referencing tools are only as good as the information put into them.
  • Know your style and check all of your references carefully.

Recommended Software

Massey University Library recommends this software, in order from the simplest through to the more advanced.

Arrow OWLL APA Interactive creates customised examples of APA style references
Good for: creating a few references yourself; becoming familiar with and checking correct APA style.

Arrow Discover, Google Scholar and some other Library databases create references in several styles, using the ‘Cite’ button in each item record
Good for: copying & pasting a few references; getting references for items when finding material for assignments.

Arrow Microsoft Word has a Citations & Bibliography function. Instructions are available within Word, or on Microsoft's add a citation and create a bibliography.
Good for: managing and keeping more references; generating reference lists and in-text citations.

Arrow EndNote reference management software creates, stores and manages references. It is on the Library and computing lab computers, and is available for personal computers for Massey-related work
Good for: managing many references; exporting from databases; storing for future use; generating reference lists and in-text citations.
Find out more about how to download EndNote.

Other Software

This free software may be useful. Please note that Massey University does not provide any support for these.

Arrow Cite This For Me automatically generates citations and bibliographies in various styles.

Arrow EndNote Online is a free, online only, reduced version of EndNote.

Arrow KnightCite generates APA, MLA and Chicago references.

Arrow Mendeley is a reference manager and academic social network.

Arrow NoodleTools Express generates APA, MLA and Chicago references.

Arrow Quickcite creates examples of APA, MLA, Chicago, and ACS style references (from the University of Auckland).

Arrow RefME is a web and mobile tool to generate citations, reference lists and bibliographies.

Arrow Zotero helps to collect, organize, cite, and share research sources.

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